7 Surprising Causes of Bladder Problems

A mortifying leak during yoga class. A "gotta go" feeling that won't stop. Sleepless nights from too many bathroom visits. These are just a few of the bladder problems many Americans struggle with - often silently. "these are very personal and oftentimes embarrassing situations that patients are reluctant to bring up to their physicians," says Melissa Kaufman, M.D., Ph. D., and associate professor of urological surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "But there are many treatments that can give you back your quality of life." 


The causes of bladder problems can be as varied as the symptoms. Here are seven that might surprise you:

  1. E. Coli - can cause painful urinary tract infections if it travels from the bowel and sets up camp. 
  2. Obesity - Obesity has been linked to stress incontinence-- leaking brought on by coughing or laughing.
  3. Heart disease - Blood vessels leading to the bladder and pelvic floor are subject to the same stresses as the cardiac vessels.
  4. Neurological disease - Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) may experience a range of urinary symptoms. With Parkinson's disease, frequent bladder contractions may leave sufferers with an increased and urgent need to urinate. 
  5. Medications - Some sedatives, anti psychotics, antidepressants, narcotics, and other prescription medications can affect bladder function. Medications that help high blood pressure are designed to help flush excess fluid and salt from the body, which increases urine output. 
  6. Pelvic Floor Injury - The arrangement of muscles, ligaments, connective tissues, and nerves responsible for supporting the pelvic organs can be injured in a variety of ways, including hysterectomy, prostate surgery, radiation, childbirth complications and even extreme exercise. Such injuries can cause stress incontinence or an overactive bladder and may require physical therapy to resolve (OR you can come in to Euro Day Spa & Salon for your Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, click here for details)
  7. Aging - While aging can set in motion changes in the body that affect the bladder, incontinence is not something you should simply accept as part of getting older. "It's a very treatable problem"... "It's not something people have to live with".